Today will be a somewhat rambling post about food. I need to get this dialed in and prepped as tax season is approaching fast and already I find there is a lot of administrative work that needs to be done at the office to get prepared for tax season and the tripling the size of our staff for a few months.
So, breakfast. Although I am taking a stove and planning on cooking dinners, I do not want to cook breakfast. I like to get up, pack up and get some miles under my belt before anything else. And I don’t want to spend the time it takes in the morning to cook. In fact, I have pretty much decided I am not taking coffee on this trip for that very reason…too much monkey business in the morning getting it all ready. We will see if I change my tune on the coffee at some point. I might. But anyway, with or without coffee, I do want good nutrition to start the day.
I know I mentioned in another post about Drew Manning’s Spinach Shake recipe that was a main part of his menu plan on his phase from fat to fit. (read all about Drew’s journey at http://www.fit2fat2fit.com) The shake is good. The basic recipe is a couple of cups of spinach, ½ a banana, ¾ cup almond milk, a scoop of protein powder, 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter and a couple of handfuls of ice. Put in a blender and go. I think I can do that, absent the ice part. In fact, as I write this I have almond milk and bananas in the dehydrator. Dried peanut butter is available and I have already dehydrated a ton of spinach. So I can mix together powdered everything in a small bag and have that every morning it will do two things. First, I will start my day with some very good nutrition for my body that just spent the last eight to ten hours repairing itself from the prior days’ challenges, and second I will start my day by hydrating. Two birds, one stone. The big issue is can I dry these ingredients and make it palatable on re-hydration? That remains to be seen. Especially without ice.
Since I am talking food and dehydrating, I thought you might like to see some pictures of my setup. I converted a space in the garage to be my dehydrating station. I did this in part because of the room the dehydrator took up in the kitchen and in part because dehydrating onions smells really really bad. So, garage it was. I also purchased a freezer and setting up the station in the garage gave me easy access to that as well. By January 15th I hope to have around 100 dehydrated vacuum sealed prepackaged dinners in that freezer. The rest of the meal plan will be the spinach shake discussed in this post (assuming it is palatable) and various protein bars, granola bars, candy bars, etc…with the occasional sub sandwich or other trail town available meal thrown in.
You can see the now empty bottle of almond milk sitting on the table. Here is a picture of the almond milk in the tray in the dehydrator. I must remember to be more careful moving a tray of liquid to the dehydrator as I ended up with almond milk on my feet.
Based on the picture it appears I need to level the dehydrator just a tad. We will see how this turns out and if it will re-hydrate in a shaker bottle with water rather easily.